Home‎ > ‎


Maryland Tips
Baltimore Maryland

If you are itching for crabs, this is the town to be in.  They have crab everything.  Another Local specialty is Pit Beef.
Citypaper is the alternative weekly.  Theres an arts glossy of dubious usefulness called the Urbanite.

Maryland specialized in a regional bowling style called Duckpin, which uses short squat pins and 3 balls per frame.  Its endangered with only 27 bowling alleys left in Maryland, from 38 just a few years ago. 
Robins Web keeps track of where you can bowl currently.  Don't miss it.

Must see-20-foot statue of Divine at south Baltimore's harbor and the
American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Hwy., 410-244-1900). Many fans also visit her grave site at Prospect Hill Cemetery in the northern suburb of Towson (the grave reads HARRIS GLENN MILSTEAD).

Parties-(updated 5/9/07)
Saturday is the
Elektroschock party at Grand Central Pub, 1001/1003 N. Charles Street , Baltimore, MD 21201 $3 cover early, $6 later.  The party goes til 2am when all the bars close.
Bloody Sunday spins a fun swirling maelstrom of goth, punk, 80's, ska, new wave powerpop and classic 80's electro.
No Cover! Bloody Sunday kicks off every other Sunday at 9 pm at The Depot, 1728 N. Charles, Baltimore, Maryland

Fells Point is the touristy bar area.  The Canton neighborhood is getting more popular with scenester locals.

Camden Yards, ballpark of the local baseball team has some of the best food around.  Boogs Barbecue is home to Pit Beef Sandwiches, a smokey spiced beef concoction.  Its a local specialty that you can find all over town in these small roadside stands.  Bambinos ribs have local award winning ribs.  Once again, this is all in the ballpark.

Admiral's Cup Café -1647 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 410-522-6731.  Comfortable restaurant/bar with good vibe and ecclectic dj spinning everything from blues to 80's music.
Cafe Tattoo-4825 Belair Road-410-325-7427.  Despite the strip bar like name, this is a restaurant/bar with live blues, BBQ and good chili.  It is said to be the closest thing in Baltimore to an English Pub.
The Wharf Rat Pub-801 S. Ann Street, 410-276-9034.  They are famous for a 3 for 3 dollar draught beer tasting special any day but sunday and have great bar food and crab cakes.

Live Music
Golden West Cafe-Restaurant with the occcasion punk show.
Ottobar-2549 N. Howard Street410-662-0069-Multi-level dive bar venue for local and national indie rock.
8x10 Club- 10 E. Cross Street (410-625-2000). Legendary Baltimore music space.
13th Floor/Club 13- 1 E. Chase Street, 410-783-1332.  In an unusual venue, on the top floor of the classic Belvedere hotel is this live music and dance club with a great view, though no doubt on the touristy side.

The Talking Head- 203 E. Davis St. in Mount Vernon, Baltimore.  410-962-5588
The Sidebar Tavern-218 e lexington-Baltimore's home for Rock, Hardcore, Punk, Rockabilly, Metal, and more! Cheap booze, great bands and lots of bricks. Even a monthly Mod Party.  Shows on Myspace...

After a night of clubbing, you can head to Gampys for late night eats.  904 N. Charles Street-Baltimore-410-837-9797

Record Stores
Modern Music-2905 O'Donnel Street, Baltimore 410.675.2172  Dance music
The Sound Garden, 1616 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD (410) 563-9011-Fells point area.

Baltimore Tattoo Museum, 1534 Eastern Avenue, (410) 522-5800. A museum of all things tattoo, as well as a tattoo parlor. Open daily noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 410-244-1900-Said to have a 20 foot sculpture of Divine, among other cool things.

Where to stay
Unless you plan to spend a lot of time on Antique Row,  avoid the B&Bs and go to any one of the chain hotels, most of which have a central locale.
The Paramount on 8 North Howard Street (410-539-1188),
is the downtown area's best value. Rooms start at $139.

Where to eat
Seafood is Baltimore's specialty.  For fresh fish, the moderately priced
Rusty Scupper at 402 Key Highway (410-727-3678), has an awesome harbor view.
Obryckis, 1727 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 410-732-6399 Giant ball like back fin crabcakes and huge plates of steamed crabs.
Faidley's Seafood-400 W. Lexington St.-Baltimore, MD 410-727-4898.  Lunch counter said to have the best crabcake in Baltimore.
For barbecue if you're not near Boog's, try the North Carolina Barbecue Corral at 6212 Reistertown Rd. (410-585-1077).
Pit Beef Sandwiches, a smokey spiced beef concoction.  Its a local specialty that you can find all over town in these small roadside stands, particularly on Route 40.  You eat it like roast beef, with horseradish or bbq sauce.  Big Als, Big Fat Daddys, Chaps and Charcoal style are but a few of the places, not to mention Boogs at Camden Yards.
Chaps Pit Beef, 5801 Pulaski Highway , Baltimore, MD 21205 410-483-2379 Chaps cooks their pit beef over charcoal.  They have a "pitbull" with pit beef, cheese and sausage.  Typically served with raw onion and horseradish.
G&A Restaurant ,  (410) 276-9422 ,  3802 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD, specializing in "coney dogs" hot dogs with an all beef chili which they also put on burgers with sauteed onions, or you can get sliders.  Plus the fries have gravy!
Cafe Hon-1002 W. 36th Street Baltimore, Maryland 21211 / 410.243.1230. 50s style dolled up waitresses serving things like meatloaf and homemade pies.
Old Malt Shop- south Baltimore, 635 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 752-3680?, old timey ice cream joint with things like multicolored ice cream.
Golden West Cafe-1105 W 36Th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 889-8891- they have green chili cheeseburgers of they type you get in Arizona, etc.


Edmart Delicatessen Inc-1427 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD - (410) 486-5558  The funny thing about Jewish Delis in MD is that you can get Tiger Sauce horseradish sauce for you brisket!

Drive in Theater-
Bengies Drive-In Theater-3417 Eastern Blvd.,Baltimore, MD,410-687-5627

One of the great facets of Baltimore nightlife is that driving is non-essential, even for seemingly out-of-reach hot spots like Fells Point. You can catch a water taxi from the Inner Harbor that will take you to the Point, an area with bars, coffeehouses and clubs.

John Waters Baltimore, culled from various articles.
Holiday House (6427 Hartford Rd. at Pinewood Avenue) biker bar in the working-class neighborhood of Hamilton. Selma Blair's character in A Dirty Shame, Ursula Udders, works as a topless dancer here
Bengies Drive-in Theatre (3417 Eastern Blvd., 410-687-5627),  where Melanie Griffith set her head on fire at the climax of Cecil B. Demented.
The Drinkery (205 W. Read St., 410-225-3100) Mount Vernon area. one of Baltimore's oldest gay bars. Just outside is where Divine performed the infamous dog feces-eating scene at the end of Pink Flamingos.
The Harbor Court Hotel (550 Light St., 410-234-0550) on Baltimore's inner harbor is the site of much action in Cecil B. Demented.
The Parkville Convenience Store (7501 Hartford Rd.),called the Park 'n' Pay in A Dirty Shame, is where Tracey Ullman's character works.
And last but not least, a John Waters tour of Baltimore would not be complete without a stop by Club Atlantis (615 Fallsway, 410-727-9099), a low-down gay club with erotic dancers where the infamous teabagging scenes in Pecker were filmed,right next door to the Baltimore City Penitentiary.
supposed waters recommended food
Rocket To Venus , 3360 Chestnut Ave. , Baltimore, MD 21211
http://www.rockettovenus.com/ , filled with a retro palette and furnishings

Shops -supposedly recommended Waters tour shops. 
Atomic Pop , 3620 Falls Road , Baltimore, MD 21211 , 410.366.1004 , Atomic Pop specializes in collectible toys, Japanese imports, DIY crafts and other odditities.
Normal's Books and Records , 425 E. 31st Street , Baltimore, MD 21218 , www.normals.com , 410.243.6888 ,John Waters names Normal's Books and Records his favorite used book shop in town.
Atomic Books , 1100 West 36th Street , Baltimore, MD 21211
410.662.4444 , www.atomicbooks.com , Find novels, films, cds and an assortment of John Waters' favorite collections. It is also where John Waters receives his fan mail.
Killer Trash , 602 South Broadway , Baltimore, MD 21231
410.625.2449 , This small shop is where John Waters often shops for most of his film characters' costumes. It offers an amazing amount of goodies from costume jewelry to Hawaiian shirts and funky home accessories

Attractions and Nightlife
Kitty Kat Bar , 400 W. 23rd Street , Baltimore, MD
410.889.0091 , A John Waters' fan favorite, playing the best of John Waters films with a relaxed atmosphere. Filled with reggae music, skateboarding and much more.
Holiday House , 6427 Harford Road , Baltimore, MD 21234
410.426.6794 from the John Waters' 2004 film "A Dirty Shame," the Holiday House captures classic Harford Road culture better than any other bar or restaurant in the area. Bikers swarm the joint .
Shamrock Inn , 6044 Harford Road , Hamilton, MD 21214
410.426.9715 , Enjoy a night out and listen to great bands and performances from a Black Sabbath tribute to DJs to live bands.
Bengies Drive-In Theatre , 3417 Eastern Blvd. , Baltimore, MD
410.687.5627 This drive-in movie theatre was featured in John Waters' film Cecil B. Demented.
C. Grimaldis Gallery , 5223 North Charles Street , Baltimore, MD 21201
410.539.1080 www.artnet.com/cgrimaldis.html Waters has exhibited his photographs several times at this art gallery.
Charles Theatre , 1711 North Charles Street , Baltimore, MD 21201
410.825.4266 , www.thecharles.com The only theatre of its kind in Baltimore,  The 1150-seat, 23,000 square-foot movie house is located in one of Charles Street's most intriguing historic buildings.
Club Charles , 1724 North Charles Street , Baltimore, MD 21201
410.727.8815 , After seeing the world according to John Waters at the Charles Theatre, have a drink at this just-as-locally flavored favorite. Filled with exotic artwork, music and drinks.

Bethesda, MD

Record Stores
Olsson’s Books & Records, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd.,  20814

Largo, MD

Amusement Park

Six Flags America, Park Address: 13710 Central Ave, Largo, MD 20775- (800) 491-4FUN.  One of the lesser known Six Flags parks, this one has what may be the cheapest of the seasons pass prices which are valid at all six flags parks.  If you live in the Northeast, or plan to visit at least 2 Six Flags parks over the summer, try to stop here early in the season and buy a pass.


Frederick, MD
Blues BBQ-http://bluesbbqco.com/
5800 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21701 (240) 674-5805
Krugs Place - 906 North East Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Ocean City, MD

If you plan staying for a long visit  and plan on drinking at your place, bring your beer, etc from home. Liquor/beer/wine prices are literally double once you get in OC.

Chowhound Ocean city recommendations-
Higgins Crab House (131st and 32nd st) Many all-you-can-eat specials
Dumser's Ice Cream (multiple locations)- mint-chocolate chip milkshake is to die for. Also has burgers, fries, etc. 50's style ice cream parlor.
General's Kitchen (72nd st)- breakfast, but go on a weekday if you can, there's a super long line on weekends. Get the creamed chipped beef.
Thrasher's fries  Warning: Thrasher's does not have ketchup. Vinegar only. They are better that way.
Fisher's Popcorn (multiple locations, some on boardwalk) Get some to take home too. Lasts for weeks, not that you won't eat it all before then.
Subs: Billy's (118th st), Tommy's (29th st) Fat Daddys Sub Shop
216 South Baltimore Avenue
Ocean City, MD 21843
"Family owned and operated since 1985. Offering made to order subs and sandwiches, also many salads and specialty sandwiches. Dine in or carry out, delivery until 4am." 410-289-4040
Anthony's (33rd st) Used to have really huge sandwiches
casual waterfront (bayside) dining: Fager's Island (60th st), Macky's (53rd st)
Boardwalk dining: Shenanigan's (4th st-boardwalk) Fun for having a beer outside and watching the ocean and people on the boardwalk.
Melvin's Steak House (25 N. Philadelphia) is an Old Towne classic, more than 50 years in OC but still unknown to most. It almost closed in 2006, but the owner of the Dough Roller chain of restaurants bought it and kept it going. Steak, baked potato, bread and salad done competently without breaking the bank. They also serve Dayton Bros. Fried Chicken, best on the Shore (sorry English's, although English's fried chicken is good. Stay away from the buffet at English's, though).
Alaska Stand (9th Street & Boardwak) is the last of this venerable classic beach food stands. Split, grilled dogs and burgers as good as always. The original on the boardwalk near the amusement pier is now the "Atlantic Stand" and is OK, but not quite up to snuff for us purists.
Wockenfuss at 1st Street and the Boardwalk. for fudge
In West Ocean City Captain's Galley has the best lump crab cakes in Ocean City.

Amusement Parks
Trimper's Rides-Boardwalk and South 1st Street, Ocean City, MD 21842. Phone Number: (410) 289-8617-Cute little amusement area in this cute little seaside town.  They have famous fresh caramel corn that is said to be wonderful nearby.
Jolly Roger Park, 2901 Coastal Way, Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-3477

Coins Pub & Restaurant -28th Street and Coastal Highway -Ocean City(410) 289-3100-for Crab cakes It looks like a bar in a strip mall, but go in. Esp. Thursday nights when entrees are 1/2 price. No reservations on Th. nights and some wait.
Fractured Prune Donuts.-Ocean City, Maryland - 127th St.
North Bay Shopping Center in the corner by Ledo's Pizza
127th Street and Coastal Highway , Ocean City, MD 21842

A quickie tour of Ocean City junk food.
Here's one way to hit four of these, Treetop family-style. Park at the inlet parking lot and get on the boardwalk. Start walking north. First up is Thrasher's, on the right between Wicomico and Worchester Streets. Buy some fries. Continue walking north on the boardwalk. Next up is Fisher's, on the left at Talbot Street. Buy some Carmel Corn. Keep heading north, alternating munching on fries and popcorn and looking out for "Boardwalk Elvis" (Who may have passed, sadly). By this time you need something cool. This time it's Dumser's Dairyland on the left at Caroline Street. Shift the fries and popcorn to your other hand while you get a cone or shake at Dumser's. Now you are fortified. Keep walking north. At 2nd Street marvel at Joe KroArt's Ocean Gallery and try to figure out what new piece has been added to the exterior. Say Hi to Joe from Treetop Tom. Find some piece of art to pick up on the way back south. Continue heading north, eating the fries, popcorn and ice cream. By the time you reach 9th Street, you will need further fortification. Go to Alaska Stand, on the left. Get some hot dogs and a cold drink. Sit on one of the benches, eat and rest.

Now it is time to head back south. Since you have eaten all of the major beach-food groups you can make a casual perusal of the shops along the Boadwalk. Buy a T-shirt you will only wear once. Get a temporary tattoo. Get your name on a grain of rice. Play some pinball/skeeball/draw poker at Marty's Playland. Think about going into Ripley's, but then decide against it. Go through the Haunted House. Go see the sharks in the glass cases at the end of the Boardwalk. Ride the Merry-Go-Round at Trimper's. By this time you are hungry again, so hit Bull on the Beach on 2nd Street for a sandwich and some spiced shrimp. Head back south towards your car, stopping at Fisher's to get some more popcorn and the Candy Kitchen for some fudge for the road and a box of saltwater taffy to take to the office. Think about getting more fries, but by this time the line is too long. Get back to the parking lot, get in your car and know that you have just done what thousands of other visitors to OC have been doing since they were kids. Welcome to the club.

Record Stores

Record and Tape Traders, Inc, 10435 Reistertown Rd. Bldg. #3

Rockville, MD

Record Stores
Olsson’s Books & Records, 12350 Parklawn Drive,  20852
Yesterday and Today, 1327-J Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

Save Duckpin Bowling!